M.S. Career & Technical Education

Advance your career and gain leadership skills in career, technical, and workforce education.
Degree Type Master of Science
Careers & Salaries Graduate Degree Outcomes
Delivery Online

UW-Stout's Master of Science (M.S.) in Career & Technical Education is for educators and industry professionals interested in gaining leadership skills and advancing their careers. This program is designed for working adults, and can be completed in as little as two years. People who complete this degree work in career and technical education at the secondary and postsecondary levels, in industry, or in workforce education agencies.


100% of Graduates Are Employed or Continuing Education Within Six Months.

MS CTE alumni and Deanna Schultz, the MS CTE program director talk about the value of the program and its flexibility for adult learners. / UW-Stout

Career-Defining Curriculum

This flexible, career-oriented program focuses on leadership development and teaches degree candidates to design and coordinate programs and curriculum. Students design a personalized program of graduate-level learning experiences with the program director that emphasizes the knowledge, skills and aptitudes needed to achieve the student's individual career goals.


Program Overview

View program plans, credit requirements and course descriptions.


Degree Concentrations

  • Teaching: For CTE teachers who want to advance their skills or gain the skills needed for adult-learner instruction. 
  • Administration: For individuals looking to more into CTE leadership roles in higher education or other organizations working with adult learners.
  • Marketing & Business Education: For K-12 teachers seeking to grow as marketing or business educators.
  • CTE Coordinator/Director of Instruction: For individuals with a Wisconsin Tier 2 or equivalent license seeking to be a preK-12 school leader with an emphasis in career and technical education. This concentration leads to Wisconsin DPI licensure for CTE Coordinator and Director of Instruction administrative licenses.

Note: The CTE Coordinator/Director of Instruction concentration is designed to meet educational requirements for licensure/certification in the state of Wisconsin. If you reside outside of Wisconsin, please note that UW-Stout cannot confirm whether this program concentration meets the requirements for professional licensure in your state, and you will need to contact your state regarding licensure requirements. Please reach out to the UW-Stout Program Director and visit our website for additional information.

Program Highlights

  • Asynchronous and synchronous online delivery; customized hybrid options may be available.
  • Financial aid opportunities, including student loans, scholarships, and graduate assistantships.
  • Earn the degree in as little as two years, while working full time.
  • Flexible curriculum customizable to suit your career goals

"Taking my master's program online allows flexibility in my schedule as I work full time. I appreciate the ability to work towards my degree from anywhere."

-- John Sobota
M.S. Career & Technical Education

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Tuition & Fees

Customized Instruction at UW Stout can be described as programs that are designed with the adult learner in mind. If you're comparing UW-Stout's customized instruction tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:

  • Customized instruction tuition rate includes the textbook rental fee.
  • There are no additional university-based semester or technology fees.
  • Students in customized instruction programs pay the same rate of tuition regardless if Wisconsin residents, out-of-state or international participants.

Value for Your Money

There’s more to value than just tuition. UW Stout also provides:

  • Program Director – faculty with discipline expertise.
  • Student Services adviser – one point of contact, providing support to students for each program.
  • Course sequences and matrices – know what courses are offered when so you can plan ahead.
  • Courses and programs may be stackable for use in another program.
  • Courses are flexible and convenient for working professionals.

Other universities will present costs and value differently - make sure you're comparing apples to apples.

Admissions Requirements

General UW-Stout Graduate School Application

All prospective graduate students at UW-Stout must follow a standard application process through our Graduate School. Beyond that, each graduate program has specific requirements that must be met to be successfully admitted to the program:

Program-Specific Admission Requirements


To be admitted with full status to the program, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have earned an overall GPA of at least 2.75.

Program-Specific Application Requirements

To successfully apply for the program, first complete the UW System Application and receive your Application ID. Then, use this ID to fill out the UW-Stout Graduate Studies Collection Form, where you will provide the following:

  • Goal Statement which demonstrates that your career goals align with the objectives of the program. Also state the concentration you plan to pursue: teaching, administration, or CTE Coordinator/Director of Instruction.
  • Current resume.
  • Two letters of recommendation, including one from a current supervisor, indicating characteristics and experience that make you a good candidate for the program.

For the CTE Coordinator/Director of Instruction concentration only, the following additional steps are required:

  1. Include a copy of a current or previous teaching license with application materials submitted to the Graduate School.
  2. Complete a National Background Check.

A deficiency in these requirements does not preclude admission but may involve additional steps to obtain full admission to the program.

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*The Collection Form Site requires an Application ID provided upon completion of the UW-System Application

“The completion of my degree has affected me in several ways. As a returning adult student, it was a personal accomplishment. I am more confident in my ability to perform in the classroom as well as being an example to others of lifelong learning. I also feel that I am more prepared to compete in today's workforce with my degree.”

- Jacqueline Newman

"When I started this program I was a little concerned about it being all online and that I would miss out on the camaraderie with fellow classmates and learn from their experiences. However, I have found that not to be true."

- Teresa LaMacchia


Program Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee Members

Alex BirkholzInstructorWisconsin Indianhead Technical College
BradGastDean of Business & Industry and Continuing EducationNorthcentral Technical College
John KlevenInstructorChippewa Valley Technical College
Joni GerouxDirector of MarketingChippewa Valley Technical College
Laura FeymaFamily Consumer Science EducatorNew Richmond High School
Micheal ShielsDeanSchool of Applied Technologies, Waukesha County Technical College
Sharon WendtCTE DirectorWisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Steve DeckerVice PresidentFinance & Business Services, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Laura ReisingerBS/MS ICT Program DirectorUW-Stout
DaniLewandowski CTE CoordinatorCESA 11
E.J.DaigleDunwoody College of TechnologyDean, Advanced Manufacturing
BrianSeguinDirector of InstructionMenomonie Area School District
Michael RickDelavan-Darien School DistrictCTE Coordinator/Technology Education Teacher
Michael SeloverProgram DirectorUW-Stout



Professional Licensure Requirements

This program is designed to meet educational requirements for licensure/certification in the state of Wisconsin. Professional licensure/certification prerequisites vary from state to state, and we are not able to determine whether our program meets prerequisites in other states. If you intend to work in another state, contact that state's regulatory authority to determine if our program will meet the licensure/certification requirements, and contact the UW-Stout Program Director for assistance. Please see the following website for additional information.

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